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DePaul University experts available to discuss coronavirus issues

Researchers cover public health, cultural and economic facets of pandemic

Faculty experts at DePaul University are available for interviews about topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Image courtesy of the CDC, Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS)
CHICAGO — Faculty experts at DePaul University are available for news media interviews about the COVID-19 pandemic. Scholars who research transportation, supply chain management, the history of pandemics, public health and more can be reached directly at the contact information below. Journalists on deadline can also contact the media relations team for assistance at

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Available experts include:

Nezih Altay
Supply chain management
Nezih Altay, a professor of management who teaches operations management at the Driehaus College of Business and is a Fulbright Scholar, can speak about the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on supply chains. Altay's research specializes in humanitarian supply chains, after-sale service operations, and disruption management.​

Health communicator
Jay Baglia, an associate professor of health communication in DePaul’s College of Communication, can speak on communicating effectively about how to stay safe from the virus; the importance of fact-based media reports; the safety of professional caregivers; the risk of rural hospitals being overwhelmed due to staffing cuts; the importance of spokespeople who are both good storytellers and understand the science; and comparing and contrasting COVID-19 to past pandemics.

Sarah Connolly is an associate professor of biological sciences and health sciences. She specializes in virology and can discuss how viruses work, how the coronavirus is spread and how people can help to contain the virus. 

Cultural anthropologist
Jessica Jerome, an associate professor of health communication in DePaul’s College of Science and Health, is a cultural anthropologist and can speak to the impact that culture has on the ways different countries enforce public health measures.

Craig Klugman is a bioethicist and medical anthropologist and a professor in Health Sciences at DePaul. He can discuss public health ethics, quarantine, health policy, vaccines, preparedness and distribution of resources.

Michael Miller, an associate professor of economics in the Driehaus College of Business, can speak to fiscal stimulus questions and potential actions by the Federal Reserve in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tom Mockaitis is a professor of history. He can discuss the history of pandemics, how history can help us understand the COVID-19 pandemic as well as how to prepare for the future. 

Public health researcher
Cricel Molina, an assistant teaching professor in DePaul’s College of Science and Health, is a public health gerontologist with teaching and research interests in ethnogerontology, health disparities, social determinants of health, epidemiology, and mixed methods research. She can speak to public health and epidemiology around COVID-19.

Travel and aviation industry 
Joseph Schwieterman, professor and director of the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development, can discuss how the coronavirus is affecting the travel industry, public transportation and aviation.

Online course developer
Daniel Stanford is an adjunct faculty member in the College of Computing and Digital Media and director of faculty development in the Center for Teaching and Learning. He can discuss how universities can ramp up online teaching in response to the coronavirus, as well as faculty training and instructional technology. 

Nicholas Thomas is an associate professor and director of the School of Hospitality Leadership. He can discuss the impact of the coronavirus on the hospitality and tourism industries. 

Expert in work-life balance 
Alyssa Westring is an associate professor of management at the Driehaus College of Business. She can discuss how working parents can manage issues related to the coronavirus, including working from home, communicating with your boss, and speaking with children about the virus. 


Media contacts:
Kristin Claes Mathews

Russell Dorn